He’s a blend of rugged looks and boyish charm. Add to that his acting skills; all this makes actor Randeep Hooda quite an enviable man. Ever since his debut in 2001 with Monsoon Wedding, he insisted on doing one film at a time, but a decade later, he seems to have pressed hard on his career accelerator.
Having just completed shooting for Jannat 2, Randeep is currently juggling between shooting for Jism 2, Shooter and Heroine.
Add to that list, the sequel of Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster, shooting for which starts next month. “Different directors, contrasting working styles, varied roles, a lot of co-actors — it’s quite a bit. But I’m enjoying myself; all the training I’ve put myself through over the years is coming in handy,” explains Randeep, adding, “I have decided to do a lot of work, keeping intact the quality, of course.”
For someone who strictly followed the in-no-hurry philosophy, quiz Randeep what brought about this change and he says, “I feel I should have done a lot more films over the last few years. This one-film-at-a-time belief suits a marquee star but to get there, I need to have a lot more films to my credit and get seen more often too. This has been a big revelation for me.” Shifting between different shooting schedules and locations is quite a task, but Randeep wants to make the most of it. “I’m not thinking much — I’m just giving it my all. I only wish to keep intact the quality of my acting,” he confesses.
The actor has had long spells in his career when he just didn’t work. “On and off, I took up films, did theatre with Naseeruddin Shah and then, Jannat 2 happened. Offers started pouring in, literally. I was confused whether I should take them up and spoke to Naseerbhai. He suggested I be like a sack of grains. Move it from one side to the other and it all falls in place,” he reminisces, adding, “I believe that the greatest of actors don’t really change much from role to role.”
Work apart, Randeep’s relationship status has always been under the scanner. So, is he single, we ask? “I’m managing,” he ends with a laugh.